Tarrus Riley Takes On Bob Andy's "Desperate Lover"

On Friday VP Records released Tarrus Riley's essential version of Bob Andy's 1969 hit Desperate Lover from the forthcoming We Remember Bob Andy collection, a tribute album featuring 15 artists covering the late Jamaican singer/songwriter's catalog. The album is scheduled for a February 10 release for all physical and digital streaming platforms.

The track was produced by veteran Dean Fraser, the man behind Tarrus' albums Parables; Contagious and Love Situation. Fraser, who previously produced VP's We Remember Gregory Isaacs, recorded 15 vocal tracks and added an additional ten instrumental versions for the full-length project. Alaine and Lukie D's update of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffith's Always Together, entitled Really Together was released on VP's Strictly The Best 62. Bitty McLean's version of Bob Andy's Let Them Say was released on Bob Andy's birthday, October 28th.

"Bob Andy was without question one of our greatest songwriters," says Tarrus Riley. "His songs will last forever. It's always a joy to work with Dean Fraser in the studio, and the history stands for itself. You can hear what went into this version of Desperate Lover!"

In addition to Desperate Lover, We Remember Bob Andy will include new recordings from Beres Hammond, Luciano, Romain Virgo, Nadine Sutherland, Richie Spice, Mikey Spice, Duane Stephenson, Alaine, and others and also includes an additional ten instrumental versions.

Bob Andy, born Keith Anderson, is celebrated as one of Jamaica's greatest songwriters, with a catalog including tracks like Too Experienced, My Time, Unchained, Sun Shines For Me, Fire Burning and I've Got To Go Back Home, among dozens of evergreen anthems. His catalog has been covered or adapted hundreds of times over the decades and forms a key part of the greater Jamaican canon of original songwriting and recordings.


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